Marwan Abado
Instrument: oud

Photographer: Christoph Stahr ©

Abado Marwan

General Information


Marwan Abado was born into a Christian Palestinian family in a refugee camp in Beirut (Lebanon). In 1985 Abado fled from the civil war zone to Austria and continued his musical training with the Iraqi oud master Asim Chalabi. In Vienna he found a new home as a musician, singer, composer and poet. In the Arabic music realm, Abado's instrument, the oud (Middle Eastern lute), has a similar impact as the piano in the Western culture.


His compositions are based on the classic form of Arabic music, TAQ'SIM, which is not subject to temporal regularity and is based on the inner impulses of the musician. Soulful lyrics (from his own pen or other contemporary Arab poets) add a poetic context to Abado's compositions. Marwan Abado is one of those musicians who prove that the music country Austria is rich in inspiration and encounters.




ever since numerous international performances in Europe, the Arab world, Cuba, United States


collaboration with young Israeli and Palestinian musicians at the Festival of Young Artists


publication of the Arab cuisine cookbook "Zeit der Feigen" with Viola Raheb

collaboration with musicians from various cultures and styles, for example with Aliosha Biz, Timna Brauer, Alegre Corréa, Yair Dalal, Krzysztof Dobrek, Franz Hautzinger, Kamila Jubran, Otto Lechner, Eliott Sharp, Roland Neuwirth

composer of film and theater music

conceptual activities in the cultural sector

lectures on Arabic music

concept of the children's play "Magic Carpet" with Marko Simsa

member of the ensemble Majimaz under the direction of Simone Klebel-Pergmann

Performances (Selection)


Discography, Projects


  • 2015: Path of Love - double album with Friedrich Gulda (Gramola)
  • 2012: Raushana (avaialble exclusively at EMI)
  • 2010: Zugvögel - Viola Raheb & Marwan Abado (extraplatte)
  • 2009: Nard (extraplatte)
  • 2005: KABILA (iris music)
  • 2005: 's geht eh! - Dobrek-Biz-Abado-Neuwirth-Corréa (dobrecords)
  • entschuidigns - Manfred Chobot & Marwan Abado (extraplatte)
  • 2001: Marakeb - Marwan Abado & Peter Rosmanith (iris music)
  • 2000: Rainspotting - Abado & Co. (extraplatte)
  • 1999: Sohn des Südens (extraplatte)
  • 1996: Kreise - Abado & Co. (extraplatte)